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Mars Project

With all the recent news about Mars I wondered what would it look like if someone was standing on Mars, looking towards the horizon as if on Earth? Well, through the power of composites, it was possible to explore this theme. In this image, the background is a panorama of the Santa Maria crater on Mars; the images were captured by Opportunity's "Pancam". The crater itself has a diameter of about the length of a football field and in this scene, it is looking eastward. The good thing about images like these are that NASA has no restrictions on public use, as long as credited ( So I took the liberty of lighting this crater, and giving it an edgier look and filling in the blanks. The mountains and the sun were also composited from other Mars images. The subject was shot using three strobes and posed accordingly (it helps to know in advance the background you want to use). The lighting configuration was cross lighting with two strobes to mimic sunlight, 1/4 and 1/8th left to right, with the third strobe on 1/4 providing edge lighting on the shirt again, to mimic sunlight. Blending, sun flares and shadows were added to complete the entire 'reddish' look. I took the liberty of making the subject a bit larger to highlight the primary interest of the image. The original crater image can be viewed here:


Santa Maria Crater Image: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.


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Taken on August 23, 2012